When you have been in the music industry for more than five decades, and you still command a presence and audience for your music, then we can say that you are a life achiever (hands down). That is exactly what Kenny Rogers is. Born in 1938, and raised in housing projects, Kenny Rogers started his singing career when the rest of the world was in turmoil over one thing or the other.
Since he was in high school, Keny Rogers knew that music is what he wanted to do. He started on this at the age of 20 in a small band. He later joined a band that saw him succeed in the music career. However, it was not until he broke off from the band that he saw real success. In 1975, he scooped his first Grammy as a solo artist. His second quickly followed in 1978 with the release of an album that saw the song Gambler reach the top country and pop charts in the country.
Awards he has won over the years
Kenny Rogers gave the country pop infusion a magic world of its own. Over the course of his career, he has had much success with over 120 million albums sold world wide. Some of the awards he has received include: People’s choice award (11), Grammy’s (3), American music awards (19), Academy awards (8) and country music association awards (6). He recently (2014) received a Willie Nelson award and even joined the Country Music Hall of fame in 2013.
Other careers he has had
Other than singing, Kenny Rogers can be defined as a photographer, business person, producer, husband and father (wait the last two are not careers, but having been married five times, who knows?). In 1986 and 1987, Kenny Rogers put together two photography books namely Kenny Rogers America and Your friends and mine. As a business man, Rogers has indulged in various projects including a ranch and horse raring. His first business however was a restaurant franchise that he later sold to a bigger company. He has also tried his hand in production as he founded the Dreamcatcher record label. His acting has also been successful with some screen successes including The Gambler, Coward of the County, and Six pack. Rogers has some movie projects in the making as of this year.He is currently in the process of writing a book which will be majorly an autobiography of his journey in music. However, this will not be his first book; he wrote a book that was supposed to be a guide to the music industry.
We heared that Kenny Rogers’ face was completely destroyed after his plastic surgery. This remarked him as one of the worst celebrity plastic surgeries.Go here to check out before and after images.
Family and current projects
In 2004, at the age of 66, Kenny received a set of twin boys by his wife of 20years. Other than the book he is writing, Kenny Rogers has a planned tour, Through the years world tour, that will see him visiting South Africa in June, as well as Canada and the US in months preceding June. During thus tour he will headline the Las Cruces Country Music festival.
A tour, a book and 10year old twins are the last things you would expect a 70something year old t be juggling. However, Kenny Rogers is no ordinary as he has proven time and again.